A 19-year-old man facing charges of child porn possession told police he knew he had a problem and had felt guilty about having explicit images of girls, including some under the age of 12, according to court documents.
Riley A. Jenkins of Crawfordsville appeared Friday in Montgomery Circuit Court for an initial hearing. He’s charged with two counts of possession of child pornography. One charge is elevated to a Level 5 felony because images show children less than 12 years old.
Judge Harry Siamas entered a preliminary plea of not guilty and appointed a public defender for Jenkins. A jury trial is scheduled for Sept. 24, and if convicted, Jenkins could receive up to 5 1/2 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.
Jenkins was arrested Monday following an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives were contacted in April by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who reported that 14 digital files containing child pornography were uploaded between November 2018 and February of this year, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Search warrants for two email accounts belonging to Jenkins turned up 28 images of nude underage girls found on one account and 69 on another. Additional images were found on his cellular phone. Jenkins told police he got a new phone in February and downloaded images he saved on a Google photo account.
Jenkins stated he had “tons” of pictures that includes children under the age of 12 and others between the ages of 12 and 18, according to a probable cause affidavit. He told police about at least four websites he used that have underage girls engaging in sex acts with adults or other children.
Jenkins is currently being held at the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 surety or $2,000 cash bond.